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The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.
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Book 3 in the series. In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

©2012 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 01-06-13
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"

    The problem is most likely I've listened to all the subsequent Pendergast installments, then went back and listened to this one. If they'd been listened to in order, it would probably have been much better.

    It was nice to hear from some old friends and discover how Pendergast met Nora. I was disappointed that Constance wasn't included in this book more. I had assumed that this book explained more of how they met and they discovered each other. But, it wasn't there. Is there another missing installment??

    Anyway, I was "grossed-out" at some of the situations, but I still couldn't stop listening. It was really gruesome. Even more so than others of this series. I suppose I can take death.. but suffering bothers me.

    I was worried about the narrator. This being the 3rd in this series, but Mr. Marosz did a fantastic job. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to his books again.

    Yes, I'd recommend it to all die-hard P&C fans, but understand, it is disturbing!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 12-17-12
    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 12-17-12 Member Since 2004

    I love to read reviews by other audible listener's- I have learned to trust your judgement over critics who get paid for their opinions

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    "UNABRIDGED---AT LAST!"

    When the Audible abridged version of this book was released in 2002, I was excited because I had read the print version and knew it to be a wonderful story. It is one of my favorite Pendergast novels. Really enjoyable due to the excellent narration of Rene Auberjonois. However, I knew it lacked somewhat because of the abridgement.

    A lot of us were really disappointed that we had not been offered an unabridged version--but here it is. I was a little hesitant because they are using a new narrator, Jonathan Marosz. I went for it anyway, and am glad I did. He isn't Rene, but he does a good job of creating the individual voices, and I found his subtle affect very pleasing after I got used to it.

    THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES is so much fun to listen to because it is classic Pendergast. He blackmails, manipulates, and smooth talks his way through any situation. A continuous thorn in the side of the "authority figures" he is a true friend to the regular folks, and has a huge array of contacts he can call on when needed.

    Pendergast is attempting to solve the mystery of 36 people who were murdered and buried about a hundred years ago--their bones were found when a new building site is being cleared in New York. We go back in time to the world of the 19th Century -where some made money by putting strange oddities on display - and calling them Cabinets of Curiosities. Some were real, but some were contrived to make the displays as gruesome as possible (like sewing two lamb heads on one body.) The murderer had his own Cabinet at the time, which he used for more than one purpose---

    One disappointment--In this book there is no D'Agosta- who I kind of missed. Pendergast does enlist the aid of another New York policeman, however, and also an Archeologist from the New York Museum of Natural History. Both good characters!

    A reporter, Bill Smithback, is writing a story about the murder victims-with details about how they were killed-- and soon afterward, current day murders start occurring which are so similar to the old one's, they could have been committed by the same person. Except, of course, there is no way he could be alive today-or could he?? This story weaves us back and forth through the past and present, as Pendergast attempts to solve the mystery. However, the method of these murders is so unique, that it is hard to believe this is a "copy cat killer." To say more would spoil the surprise--


    Truly an enjoyable book. Edge of the seat type thriller. Very recommended!


    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Tahlequah, OK, United States 02-18-13
    Susan Tahlequah, OK, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child again?

    Yes listening to the series


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Marosz?

    Maybe


    Was The Cabinet of Curiosities worth the listening time?

    I listened to the first two books and enjoyed the characters and their development. I felt the first two novels were told from Margo's perspective. Lt DiCosta was a great sidekick to Pendergast but they are left out of book three. Further the plot becomes very challenging to believe.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Somerville, MA, United States 01-26-13
    Lois Somerville, MA, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "DrBB"

    The description "formulaic but fun" pretty much covers all of Preston & Childs, but that's fine--I don't listen to these expecting to be challenged, just entertained. My one complaint here has to do with the narration. Fine as Rene Auberjenois's work has been in the others of this series I was not put off when I saw that there was a new narrator for this entry, but it was not until I was some "pages" into this one that I began to question my purchase.

    Mr Marosz has a very distracting habit of arbitrarily, and so far as I can tell illogically choosing to end some sentences on a rising tone, which I found increasingly annoying as the narrative progressed. Without a printed text in front of you, a rising tone suggests a comma or question mark not a period, so this verbal tic ends up constituting a series of syntactical miscues randomly strewn about the text that the listener has to keep stumbling over. I'm not sure what he imagines it adds to the listening experience--variety maybe?--but I found it irritating at best and at times it actively interfered with comprehension.

    Dear Mr Marosz: make life easier on your listeners--when you come to a period, please let your inflection drop like any normal reader would!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Renfro Coventry, CT United States 02-04-13
    Karen Renfro Coventry, CT United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad editing job"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book had an interesting premise and Preston and Child were very good at keeping our FBI agent Pendergast as quirky and enigmatic as ever. I did not like Jonathan Morosz's reading. It sounded like reading, with little difference in voices and Pendergast's southern dialect really poorly done. But the most irksome part of listening to this book was the numerous miscues with editing. Whole sections were read twice, which would jolt me from the story every time.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Marosz?

    I enjoy Dick Hill's performances. Scott Brick also comes to mind. Don't know who edits these, but definitely needed a better editor!


    Was The Cabinet of Curiosities worth the listening time?

    Although fairly predictable, I enjoyed the story.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Raleigh, NC, United States 09-12-13
    Denise Raleigh, NC, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2008

    Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.

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    "Fascinating (and who doesn't love Pendergast?)"

    I thought this book was a great story as well as a tour de force of the imagination. The images were vivid and luxurious - I loved it. I only have one complaint - there were several passage the narrator read twice. What the heck? Annoying and something I haven't had happen before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Wildwood, MO, United States 08-11-13
    Kathy Wildwood, MO, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2010

    I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.

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    "Continuing Saga"

    This is the third in a series by Preston & Child with FBI Special Agent Pendergast and the NY History Museum. It is just as riveting as the first two. This one can be read as a separate book vs the first two (The Relic and Reliquary) need to, or should, be read together. In this one we learn the cool and debonair Pendergast has some very unusual skills past what has ever been known before. He has a fantastic way of remembering everything I think he's ever known. As usual, there is a lot of suspense, murder and deception. These guys have some very vivid imaginations. Over all, everything ends happily...the guy gets the girl, some of the police are shown for their incompetence, the bad guy loses all and NY is safe again. I do like these series of suspense stories and will continue to listen to more. Jonathan Marosz does an excellent job of reading and keeping all the various voices unique.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery T. Harris HAMDEN, CT, United States 06-16-13
    Jeffery T. Harris HAMDEN, CT, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cabinet of Curiosities the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed learning a little more about who Pendergast is and where he came from. His origins are still mysterious and I'm guessing more will be revealed over time. I found there was a nice balance of a focus on the individual story as well as some development of Pendergast as a character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite was O'Shannessy. Although he was somehow the only NYPD officer who had some common sense, I enjoyed his quick retorts and sense of humor. He was probably the only NYPD character that you could really like so perhaps I was cornered into it but gladly so.


    What aspect of Jonathan Marosz’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm not sure what it was, but I wasn't a huge fan. He was not bad by any means, but he wasn't amazing. Books like these need a strong narrator, which the first two in the series had. This performance on it's own is good but compared to the first two it feel short.


    Any additional comments?

    A few others mentioned it but thought I would too. The editing in this book is poor. There were at least 5 occasions were a line was repeated. It often came at times where there was a long character narrative which really threw me off. I can forgive one or two, but it is a little frustrating to have half a dozen in there.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Folsom, CA, United States 02-02-13
    Randall Folsom, CA, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Great story, weak narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a good story especially if you like the Penderghast series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Good characters and the bad guy wasn't immediately obvious.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was horrible. This guy has an awful rhythm and cadence that almost made me quit listening.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 03-05-13
    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2009

    Me am Pop-Surrealist Tiki-Artist living and making Art on the active volcanic "Big Island" of Hawaii. Aloha.

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    "Jack the Ripper vs Pendergast"
    Where does The Cabinet of Curiosities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What other book might you compare The Cabinet of Curiosities to and why?

    The Relic, the Reliquary... also H.P. Lovecraft's "The Terrible old Man": of the mysterious old man with a terrible power for murder, & "The Shunned House": with it's long family history of strange happenings and deaths, & "the Hound": with it's horrific collection of strange things and the terrible fate of the collectors. But maybe Lovecrft's "Herbert West-Reanimator" with it's gruesome surgery/magic and underground tunnels and horrific out comes.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Marosz – was your favorite?

    Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast; he is the Elric of Melnibone of the F. B. I. - in this tale he becomes more pale (nearly albino), more strangely alien, and wizard-like. The story passes from a New York dectetive noir story and veers towards becoming a sword and sorcery adventure. Quite exciting, and very twisted! Pendergast is revealed to be even stranger than thought, with some VERY strange family, and he's becoming less human and more like Elric with each book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, however... it was too long to get it all in...it's a wonderfully twisted tale that gets weirder and more twisted the more you hear...and yet retains it's brilliant wit and it's ever so smart human questions on "just really what would you do if..."


    Any additional comments?

    These horror/crime stories reach nearly insane Lovecraftian madness, but, unlike Lovecraft, Preston saves us from falling into insanity with a hero of such power as to match the terror & alien-other-ness of the weird-crimes echoing ghostly step for step. I thrill to these books with their very creepy "Tales from the Crypt" pre-code grotesque and chilling violence. But most of all, what these are really about is that I love the ultimate X-files investigator - the one man who could face such mind-bending horrors and win - our hero: Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast. The more I read and discover about him, the more questions there are about his shadowy past, and the stranger he becomes, but the more heroic and awesome. He's one of the all time great anti-heroes. He is Sherlock Holmes & Elric of Melnibone & Carl Kolchak & Bela Lugosi (as a southern gentleman) all transmogrified together into a dreadfully delicious tall, black-clad, ice-cold, albino Vincent Price of a man: Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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